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Android Gets 14 New Friends

In terms of the latest Internet-heavy handsets, there aretwo schools of thought. The iPhone keeps everything within the Apple’secosystem, while Google’s Android is inviting everyone to the party.

Today, Android’s party just got a little bigger with 14 newmembers. The Open Handset Alliance, a group supporting Android, today announcedthe membership of 14 additional companies. The new members are: AKMSemiconductor Inc. , ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc. , Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc. , Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporationand Vodafone.

While HTC currently is the only real market player withAndroid with its G1 handset on T-Mobile, new additions of Sony Ericsson, Asusand even Softbank could mean that the Google OS start hitting more handsetsreal soon.

The Open Handset Alliance said that the new members will deploycompatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android OpenSource Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services thatwill accelerate the availability of Android-based devices.

While Mac OS X will only reside on the iPhone, it’ll beinteresting to see if Android will be able to displace Symbian or WindowsMobile.